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Entire men's hockey team included in TOPS

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In a departure from the norm, the Mission Olympic Cell today included the entire Indian team in the TOP scheme, rewarding the players for their silver medal-winning performance at

Athletes from different have been included in Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) individually but it is first instance that an entire team has been made beneficiary of the financial assistance scheme.

Each of the 18 members of the team will now get a monthly allowance of Rs 50,000. The men's team, under new Harendra Singh, ended runner-up at the Breda event after losing the final to in a thrilling penalty shootout.

A press release from the Authority of (SAI) said that the women's hockey team's inclusion in the TOPS would depend on the review of its performance in the upcoming and

Among the other notable decisions taken, double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has been sanctioned Rs 6.62 lakh for hiring two sparring partners and a for his ongoing training stint in

Another Rs 3.22 lakh has been sanctioned for Bajrang Punia and Sumit for their training and tournament participation in

Boxer got an extension under after qualifying for

Among the other sports, received a total grant of Rs 21.76 lakh. It includes Rs. 7.76 lakh for the month-long training program of Pranati Nayak in Another Rs 14 lakh (approximate) was sanctioned for the 32-day program including a training camp in for and

will get Rs 12.57 lakh for his training (under Angel Gimenez Alonso), competition and equipment expenses leading up to

A total of Rs 11.48 lakh has been budgeted for the purchase of equipment for three compound archers Trisha Deb, and and one

Further, Rs 4.04 lakh has been sanctioned for the engagement of Italian to train India's compound archers for a period of 10 days at the ahead of the Asian Games.

The four compound archers who will be trained are Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan, and

and will get Rs 3.55 lakh for their training, competition (to be accompanied by coach Yashpal Solanki) and equipment expenses ahead of the Asian Games. The committee also decided to exclude Tulika Mann from the TOPS scheme due to her recent below-par performances.

However there was bad for Wushu as Uchit Sharma, Arupama Devi and Budha Chandra have been excluded from the TOPS due to below par performance and non-inclusion in the Asian Games squad.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 19:06 IST